fearless females of SOCCER
Italy was the first country to establish professional women’s football in the 1970’s. They were also the first country to import foreign footballers from other European countries, which made them immensely popular. Fifteen years later, The USA formed The Unites States national soccer team in 1985. In 1989 Japan became the first country to have a semi-professional women’s football league, the L. League – still in existence today as Division 1 of the Nadeshiko League.
On the heels of the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup, the first professional women’s soccer league in the United States, the WUSA, was launched but folded 3 years later. Giving it another try, the Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS), was launched in 2009 but disbanded in 2011. The United States National Women’s Soccer League started in 2013 and remains intact. Today visibility and support of women’s professional football has increased around the globe. The USWNT began 2020 by winning both the CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying tournament, qualifying the team for the 2020 Summer Olympics which have been postponed) and the 2020 She Believes Cup titles. Team USA is the number one team in the world, and we’re honored by the privilege of calling them our team
Megan Rapinoe is an American professional soccer player who plays as a winger and captains OL Reign in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) and the United States national team. She played for the team at the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup where the U.S. finished in second place. She won gold with the national team at the 2012 London Summer Olympics. Megan is the Winner of the Ballon d’Or Féminin and named The Best FIFA Women’s Player in 2019. She won the 2015 and 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Since 2018, she co-captains the national team. She previously played for the Chicago Red Stars, Philadelphia Independence, and MagicJack in Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS), as well as Olympique Lyon in France’s Division 1 Féminine.
She is the first player, male or female, to score a goal directly from a corner at the Olympic Games. She won the Golden Boot and Golden Ball awards at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France.
As an advocate for the LGBTQ community, in 2013, she was awarded the board of directors Award by the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center. She is sponsored by Nike, Procter & Gamble, BodyArmor, Hulu, LUNA Bar, Samsung, and DJO Global, and has appeared in multiple promotional pieces for clothing company Wildfang, as well as for Nike. In 2019, she co-founded a gender-neutral lifestyle brand, re-inc and Rapinoe is included in Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2020.
marta vieira da silva
Marta Vieira da Silva, an icon and role model for many, Marta, as she is universally known by her fans, is a Brazilian footballer who plays in the USA’s National Women’s Soccer League for the Orlando Pride and the Brazil national team as a forward. She is often regarded as the greatest female player of all time. She has been named FIFA World Player of the Year six times, five of them being consecutive, from 2006 through 2010, and the latest award coming in 2018. She holds the record for most goals scored at FIFA World Cup tournaments with 17 goals. She was also the first footballer of either gender to score at five World Cup editions.
Marta was on the Brazilian national teams that won the silver medal at the 2004 and 2008 Summer Olympics. She received the Golden Ball (MVP) at the 2004 FIFA U-19 Women’s World Championship as the best player and the Golden Boot award as the top scorer in the 2007 Women’s World Cup after leading Brazil to the final of the tournament. In 2013 she was named as one of the six Ambassadors of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil and in 2016, Marta was one of the eight to carry the Olympic Flag in the Olympic Games in Rio. Also, we are thrilled that she was appointed by the Secretary-General of the United Nations as a Sustainable Development Goals advocate. The SDG are 17 global goals set with to make the world a better place and Marta was one of the 17 advocates who were appointed to help accomplish it. Go Ambassador Marta!!